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New groups to look at Hawick flood protection scheme

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The first meeting of a new working group for Hawick's flood protection scheme is due to take place later this month.

Scottish Borders Council is forming two groups to look at traffic management and the impact of the £44million scheme on the townscape.

The groups will give residents the chance to have their say as the detailed designs are drawn up. Previously, plans for the scheme received almost 50 objections from residents.

Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park cafe halted

A cafe in Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park that was meant to open back in April has had its open date delayed until the start of February.

The café is part of a £3.6m regeneration project, funded by Scottish Borders Council and The Big Lottery Fund. New facilities in the park include a children's play area, cycle paths, an upgraded bandstand and a walled garden.

However, the cafe building has been unoccupied, and will remain closed for a further three months.

Councillor Stuart Marshall says local residents are not happy with the delays:

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